CP+ 2019: Fingers-on with Nikon Z 14-30mm F4 S

Introduced earlier this yr, Nikon’s new Z 14-30mm F4 S is a compact wideangle zoom lens for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras. We simply obtained our arms on a working pattern at CP+. Click on by way of for extra particulars and a few preliminary dealing with impressions.

Locking zoom mechanism

Proven right here on a Nikon Z6 (certainly one of two cameras able to mounting it, the opposite being the ergonomically similar Z7) this compact lens weighs simply 485g (17oz). Just like the Z 24-70mm F4, the 14-30mm is most compact when ‘locked’ (indicated by a white dot on the zoom ring).

Measurement and weight

Unlocking the zoom ring and transferring the ring to the 14mm place will increase the general size of the lens, however that is so long as it will get. When zoomed in towards 30mm, the zoom extension is steadily lowered. In comparison with the AF-S 14-24mm F2.eight for F-mount, the Z 14-30mm F4 S is an efficient deal smaller and lighter, and really properly balanced on the Z6/7.

We would count on a level of measurement and weight discount contemplating its extra modest steady aperture, and for a lot of (most likely most) photographic functions, the extra transportable kind issue, and the choice of including a traditional protecting filter, will outweigh the penalty in brightness.

In comparison with Z 24-70mm F4 S

Proven right here alongside an Z 24-70mm F4 S (on the precise) the brand new lens is sort of indistinguishable at an off-the-cuff look. The largest distinction – actually – is the 82mm filter ring. Whereas on no account unreasonable for a wideangle lens of this type, it is considerably bigger than the 72mm ring on the entrance of the Z 24-70mm F4.

Neither lens options the management ring discovered on the forthcoming Z 24-70mm F2.eight S, however the focus ring may be personalized to supply direct management over varied features if required.

Optical building and 82mm filter thread

The entrance component of the Z 14-40mm S is simply barely domed, which is what permits for a filter to be connected within the first place. For those who check out the reflections on this picture although, you will see the telltale curves of no less than one aspherical component within the foremost optical group. In whole, the Z 14-30mm incorporates no fewer than 4 aspherical parts, and 4 ED (further low-dispersion glass).

Lenshood and coatings

Whereas pleasantly compact total, the Z 14-30mm S comes with a big, shallow hood to assist defend in opposition to flare. Contained in the lens, Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat supplies one other layer of protection.

Climate-sealed building

As with all of Nikon’s Z-mount lenses launched thus far, the 14-30mm F4 is sealed in opposition to mud and moisture. It will likely be accessible quickly for $1299.


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